Bradford, Barbara Taylor (1933–)

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Bradford, Barbara Taylor (1933–)

British novelist. Born May 5, 1933, in Upper Armley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England; dau. of Winston Taylor and Freda Taylor (nurse); m. Robert Bradford (American film producer), 1963.

Worked as journalist in Yorkshire and London; became fashion editor for Woman's Own in London; worked as a crime and beat reporter for the London Evening News; on marriage, moved to New York (1963), where she wrote a syndicated column for Designing Woman for 12 years; came to prominence with the novel A Woman of Substance (1979); other novels, which usually center on powerful, autonomous females, include Hold the Dream (1985), The Women in His Life (1990), Angel (1993), Her Own Rules (1996), Where You Belong (2000) and Emma's Secret (2003); served on various charities and established Barbara Taylor Bradford Research Fellowship in Pediatric Leukemia. Awards include Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications (1985) and Special Jury Prize for Body of Literature from Deauville Festival of American Film (1994); several of her novels have been serialized for tv.